Arsenal have been handed the news that one player is ready to quit this summer, which could actually help their transfer plans.
After months of debating his future at the Gunners, David Ospina has finally revealed he’s ready to hang up his gloves at the Emirates and search for a new club.
The 28-year-old seemed to be the signing we were all looking for back in 2014, a time where finding a decent goalkeeper to guard the sticks was difficult.
However, just a year on Arsenal were blessed the with chance to sign a goalkeeping legend in Petr Cech, which subsequently threw Ospina to second in command.
And after two seasons of warming the bench, the Colombian has only really been given a chance when Cech wasn’t fit enough to feature.
Speaking with Turkish media outlet Fanatik the other day, Ospina admitted that he has to move away for the sake of his career:
I told my club that I want to go to a team where I’ll play regularly. They know my intention.
If the right offer comes, then I’ll happily come to Turkey. My agent is taking care of transfer business. In fact, I’m happy at Arsenal but I have to play regularly.
I told them exactly that. Arsenal’s board told me they will not be making things difficult for me if the right offer comes in. Let’s see what the future brings.
Whilst Ospina has been a great back-up throughout the campaign, Arsenal don’t have to look far when it comes to a keeper worthy of sitting in Cech’s shadow.
Wojciech Szczesny will return to the club this summer having recently stated he would love to compete for the number one jersey.
As well as this, Emiliano Martinez is a guy who will work harder than anyone to wear the Arsenal badge on his chest, so that can’t be a huge problem for Wenger.
If we’ve got any sense we’ll cash in on Ospina whilst he’s still got a bit of form behind him, with Fenerbache reportedly leading the chase for his services.
I think Cech has one good season left, and from there I can totally see Szczesny as the man to wear the gloves at Arsenal for the long-term.